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					  Project Proposal for Funding By the GenARDIS Small Grants Programme



Part 1:       Background Information


1.1   Name:                                Augustus V. Goanue

1.2   Professional Background:             Electrical Engineer

1.3   Job Title:                           Executive Director

1.4   Name of Organization:                Center for Sustainable Energy Technology (CSET)


      1.4.1   Short Profile of CSET:

      1.4.2   Background

      CSET is a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental development organization
      established for the purpose of conducting research and formulating programs in energy
      technology and its role in the socio-economic recovery of postwar Liberia. CSET is also
      involved in conducting workshops/seminars and public awareness programs for the
      spread of information on the use of renewable and appropriate energy technologies in
      rural areas of postwar Liberia. CSET is a partner of the Global Village Energy
      Partnership (GVEP).



      1.4.3   Mission

      “Promoting sustainable energy supply with appropriate technologies for Liberia.”



      1.4.4   Activities


      CSET serves as a resource center for the dissemination of information on energy
      technologies, with emphasis on renewable energy as alternative energy sources. The
      center is aimed at accelerating the use of renewable energy that can be used in areas such
      as schools, health clinics, agriculture, communication and information technologies and
      micro-enterprises in rural areas. CSET believes that energy is a major input for survival
      and socio-economic activities. Therefore, access to appropriate and sustainable energy
      services is critical for reducing poverty and enabling sustainable development in rural
      areas.


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      1.4.5   Strategies

      CSET uses innovations in the development of sustainable programs that use clean,
      efficient, appropriate and renewable energy technologies to meet the development needs
      of rural areas. This involves organizing the beneficiaries, the primary stakeholders, and
      the community with whom and for whom we plan to work. We organize people from
      within by providing them information, technology, expertise, and mobilizing external
      resources for use to regenerate their own resources more efficiently, add value and
      enhance sustainable development with high socio-economic impact at the local
      community and grassroots levels.



1.5   Address:                     P. O. Box 4127
                                   106 Camp Johnson Road
                                   Monrovia, Liberia
                                   West Africa

      1.5.1   Telephone:           +231-655-9266

      1.5.2   E-mail:              gusgoanue@yahoo.com



1.6   I heard about the GenARDIS small grant fund through the Global Village Energy
      Partnership (GVEP) Newsletter.




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Part 2:       Project Information



2.1.0 Title of proposed project:

      Rural Women Empowerment Program (RWEP)


2.1.1 Objectives of the Project:

      Long-term objectives:

    To sensitize the community about the need to design gender-sensitive programs at local
     government level.

    To ensure that overall rural development efforts are directed to attain impacts that are
     equitably beneficial for both men and women.

    To reduce gender imbalance in the application of information and communication
     technologies in rural areas.

    To contribute to social, economic, and political freedom of rural women.

    To equip rural women with basic training in Home Economics, the application of
     Communications & Information Technologies, Nutrition, Agriculture, Environmental
     Health & HIV/AIDS, Family Planning and Micro-enterprises.

    To provide a means for acquiring and imparting literacy skills for rural women and
     contribute to peace building at the community level.

    To provide a forum for rural women to communicate with each other and their
     community about their civic and political rights.

    To contribute to food security and improved environment.


      Short-term objectives:

    To construct a training center that will provide programs for the empowerment of rural
     women in Saclepea District.

    To obtain equipment and materials for use by the center.

    To provide fast track training for about thirty (30) rural women from a cross section of
     grassroots women’s organizations in literacy skills, home economics, health HIV/AIDS,
     food processing, basic Agriculture, Leadership, civic education and peace building,
     appropriate communication and information technologies, and micro-enterprises.

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2.1.2 Background Information about project

Gender issues are not a “women’s thing” or sole concern of women. They are everyday societal
issues, which affect both men and women in their daily interactions as they strive to build a
better and more prosperous society for themselves, their families and their communities. These
have made gender issues to become a global concern. However, there has been a tendency to
discriminate against women in Liberia. This high level of gender imbalance in favor of men has
been more pronounced in rural Liberia. Rural Liberia is dominated by traditional and cultural
values where there are some well-defined distinctions between the activities of men and women,
thus creating a high level of male prejudice. As a result, there is a proliferation of ethnic tradition
governed by customs that favor male domination at nearly all strata of the rural life. This has
perpetuated gender inequity in rural Liberia. Consequently, rural women in Liberia have the
lowest literacy rates amongst women in the country. They therefore need the opportunity to
exercise their full potential and productive capacity for the development of the family and
community at large.

Coming out of war with the exposure of a large number of rural women to urban life styles in
internally displaced people (IDPs) camps, there is a need to develop new approaches to solving
the problem of gender inequity in rural Liberia. This is because many war-affected women
returning to their villages and towns after fourteen years of civil war need both the means to
become productive and self-reliant through innovative women’s capacity development and
empowerment programs. This project will therefore be very essential in bridging the
communication gap between rural women and their male counterparts, and serve as a medium
for making the invisible activities and voices of rural women recognized and appreciated in a
male dominated society.


2.1.3 Project Location

The project will be located in Saclepea, about 180 miles northeast of Monrovia. Saclepea is the
headquarters of Saclepea District in Nimba County. Saclepea has an estimated population of
about 20,000 and serves as a major service center for over 30 small towns and villages in the
District.


2.1.4 Implementation Partner:

Community Integral Development Association (CIDA), a community-based organization in
Saclepea, and the Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET), a national women’s NGO
with head offices in Monrovia will serve as our partners in implementing the project. The project
will also partner with Radio Saclepea, a rural FM radio station in the area in the implementation.
The radio station will be responsible for publicity, sensitization, and transmission of relevant
radio programs to inform the public and build the communication skills of the beneficiaries
through radio talk shows, dramas and interactive forums on gender issues. This will be the core
of the entire project as disseminating information that stresses the importance of integrating
gender into all aspects of rural development using the local vernacular will serve as a cross-
cutting issue. This is because women represent the majority of the rural population (about 60%),
and they play a major role in the survival strategies of the economy of poor rural households.


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2.1.5 Other ongoing initiatives that could complement the project

CSET has been working in the community for the past ten (10) months. We have been
collaborating with Community Integral Development Association (CIDA), a local NGO based in
the proposed project location and a women’s organization that has been involved in communal
farming (mainly rice, cassava and vegetables production) and cooperative development
activities. While CIDA has been giving out farming implements with assistance from the UN
World Food Programme, our role in this collaborative effort has been fostering energy service
enterprise development to enhance adult literacy, post-harvest food processing, income
generating activities, women and girls’ empowerment, youth development, and facilitating
communications and information technologies. There is a computer training program ongoing for
high school students and people of working age in the community. Women and girls have been
encouraged to participate in the computer training program.

Further more, there is currently one rural FM radio station (Radio Saclepea) located in the
proposed project location. The station has been very supportive in disseminating development
oriented information both in English and the two major local vernaculars (Mano and Gio).
However, there is a need to integrate gender into the radio program as a means of fostering issues
of gender equity in the use of this very crucial information and communication technology in the
district.

We have been very successful in mobilizing the community at the grassroots level, especially
vulnerable focal groups such as rural women and girls thereby helping to build their productive
capacity, regenerating their resources and making them self-reliant. We have also been very
successful in communicating the role that energy plays in the achievement of sustainable
development through out research reports. As a result, a number of community based
organizations and local groups have made use of our research reports and concept papers to
identify the main linkages between energy strategies and other development issues. One major
research we conducted in the proposed project area was our study on: “Gender Roles in Energy
Use and Its Impacts on the Livelihoods of Rural Women and Girls.” This research was
published in November 2004, and the aim of the study was to examine the gender dimension of
energy utilization in rural Liberia.


2.1.6 Justification

A number of reasons can be advanced for the undertaking the Rural Women Empowerment
Program in Saclepea.

Firstly, it could be used to get across to the largely illiterate and semi-literate population of
women in Saclepea District who have not had access to modern information and communication
technologies and have been victims of civil war and socio-economic marginalization. Being
primary agents of socialization, the women need to find some means of interaction with each
other and their community on issues likes income generation, family planning, health,
HIV/AIDS, Agriculture, Nutrition, Peace Building, etc. The women could also use the project as
a means of acquiring and imparting literacy skills. Secondly, the women need to communicate
with each other about their civic and political rights. This is especially so because traditional
culture, which is predominant in the District has tended to enhance socio-cultural prejudices
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against women. While it is not the idea behind the project to overlook any traditional or cultural
value, it will be of importance for women to sensitize each other that they have capabilities and
rights just like men. The women also need to be informed about productive activities undertaken
by other women around the developing world so that they can use them as lessons for possible
replication. All the above mentioned issues cannot be tackled adequately in the absence of
effective information and communication technologies.


2.1.7 Gender and ICT Issues to Be Addressed by the Project

The project intends to address the issues of gender imbalance in the use information and
communication technologies. Moreover, it will deal with the lack of awareness about women’s
participation in community development and decision-making in the region. It will also highlight
gender biases that have tended to exclude rural women and girls from the use and control of
modern communication equipment such radios in the household and community. It will make
sure gender and ICT issues addressed, taking into account both women and men’s capacity to
access and make effective use of ICTs equitably.


2.1.8 Project activities

The project will acquire a parcel of land (about ¼ acre) on which a structure will be constructed
for use as a center for conducting rural women empowerment programs in the community. The
center will serve as a place for training and producing radio programs for presentation by women
on the local radio station as a means of making rural women’s hidden voices and activities
recognized by the community. It will also serve as a resource center for educating rural women
and producing gender-sensitive programs for broadcast on the local radio station. The
beneficiaries in collaboration with the community will provide the land and local building
materials such as bricks, sand, timbers and planks, as well as manual labor for the construction
work. It is expected that GenARDIS will provide funding for skilled labor and for purchase of
building materials such as zinc (roofing sheets), nails, cement, steel rods, doors, windows, as
well as furniture and equipment for the center. CSET will serve as project manager, while CIDA
and WOLPNET will jointly coordinate the training aspect of the program. The project is
expected to last for four (4) months, after which the beneficiaries will take ownership and sustain
the project for possible replication in other districts in Nimba County. The project is expected to
start in May 2005 and be completed by August 2005. At the end of the project cycle, the
beneficiaries will take ownership and sustain the project through income generating activities
and support from the community.


2.1.9 Beneficiaries

This project will initially target a total of thirty (30) direct beneficiaries, mainly women and
middle aged girls representing a cross section of communal groups in the Saclepea area,
Saclepea District, Nimba County, Liberia. The project is expected to indirectly benefit over
10,000 women and girls through the transfer of knowledge, diffusion of activities and
dissemination of information via radio in the community and surrounding towns and villages.



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2.2.0 Intended impacts/benefits

It is expected that at the end of four (4) months:

        There will be a positive change of attitude towards acquiring communication skills
         and the use of communication and information technologies, especially as they relate
         to women in the area.

        There will be an increase in the number of women involved in community services
         and development programs.

        Local leaders will be more conscious about integrating and underscoring gender
         issues into rural development programs, mainly as it relates to the application
         communication and information technologies.

        Rural women’s invisible and unpaid labor will be recognized and appreciated by men
         and the community at large

        There will be a transfer of knowledge across the district.

        The problem of gender imbalance in the use of information and communication
         technologies will be minimized, if not eradicated.

        More rural women will acquire skills in improved agricultural methods

        People will be conscious about keeping their environment clean.

        More rural women will express interest in acquiring literacy skills.



2.2.1 Monitoring and Evaluation

The Board of Directors of CSET, the Ministry of Gender and Development, and the Rural
Women Association of Liberia will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project.
It is expected that a by-monthly monitoring and evaluation team will visit the project site to
make sure the project is on track. Progress report on the project will be made monthly and a
comprehensive report will be made at the end of the project.




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Part 3:           Annexes


3.1     Implementation and Task completion Schedule

                       Activity/Task                             Month 1      Month 2     Month 3   Month 4
Mobilization and presentation of local building materials
Purchase of other building materials
Building construction work
Finishes & Procurement of furniture
Procurement of equipment and materials
Installation of power system & equipment
Sensitization/recruitment seminar
Basic/fast track training activities, radio programs production
and transmission on local FM Station (Radio Saclepea)
Survey to determine impacts of project on community and attitudes towards gender issues




3.2     Project Budget (United States Dollars)

The direct project cost comprises of building materials, furniture, equipment, transportation,
skilled labor, and publicity/radio programs. The direct project cost accounts for 84% of the total
budget while staff related costs account for 16%. Other materials and services not reflected in the
budget will be provided through in-kind contributions and voluntary expertise, labor and or
services of implementing organization(s) and beneficiaries.


3.3     Summary Budget (US Dollars)


                  Item                                     USD Cost
Building Materials                                            2,070.00
Skilled Labor                                                   414.00
Equipment                                                     2,214.00
Furniture                                                       260.00
Transportation                                                  207.00
Transmission of Weekly Radio Program                            146.00
Remuneration (for personnel)                                  1,000.00
                 Total                                     US$6,311.00




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3.4     Detailed Budget (US Dollars)

                        Description                 Unit      Unit Cost    Quantity     Total Cost
        Direct Project Cost

1.0     Building Construction

1.1.0   Foundation & Floor
1.1.1   Cement                                   Bag                9.00          53        477.00
1.1.2   Sand                                     Cu-yd             10.00          36        Credit
1.1.3   Crushed Rock                             Cu-yd             27.00          10        270.00
1.1.4   Ø ½” Steel rod                           38' length         7.50            5        37.50
1.1.5   Ø ¼” Steel rod                           38' length         4.00            2         8.00
1.1.6   Tie wire s/s                             roll               1.00            6         6.00
1.1.7   Plank/wawa (1" x 12" x 14')              piece              4.00            4        Credit
1.1.8   Sun dried local bricks (6" x 6" x12")    piece              0.05         950
                                                                           Sub-total        798.50

1.2.0   Walls
1.2.1   Portland Cement                          Bag                9.00          64        576.00
1.2.2   Sun dried local bricks (6" x 6" x 12")   Piece              0.05        1995         Credit
1.2.3   Sand                                     Cu-yd             10.00          34         Credit
1.2.4   Crushed rock                             Cu-yd             27.00           3         81.00
1.2.5   Ø ½” Steel rod                           38' length          7.5          10         75.00
1.2.6   Ø ¼” Steel rod                           38' length         4.00           4         16.00
                                                                           Sub-total        748.00

1.3.0   Roof
1.3.1   Timber (2" x 6" x14')                    Piece              5.50          22        Credit
1.3.2   Timber (2" x 4" x14')                    Piece              3.50          31        Credit
1.3.3   Timber (2" x 2" x14')                    Piece              2.00          50        Credit
1.3.4   Plank (1" x 8" x 14')                    Piece              7.50           9        Credit
1.3.5   Carboline                                Gallon            10.00           4         40.00
1.3.6   Assorted wire nails                      Pound              0.50          50         25.00
1.3.7   14 Gauge zinc (BWG 14) (Roofing sheet)   Bundle            70.00           3        210.00
1.3.8   Combing                                  Sheet              5.00           5         25.00
1.3.9   Zinc nails                               Box                5.00           2         10.00
                                                                           Sub-total        310.00

1.4.0   Finishes
1.4.1   Batten door (complete)                   Piece             35.00      4             140.00
1.4.2   Batten window (complete)                 Piece             15.00      2              30.00
1.4.3   4" Brass hinges                          Pair               2.50      4              10.00
1.4.4   3" Brass hinges                          Pair               2.50      2               5.00
1.4.5   wood screws                              Pack               2.50      1               2.50
1.4.6   White wash                               Bag               10.00      2              20.00
1.4.7   Brushes                                  Piece                 3      2               6.00
                                                                           Sub-total        213.50




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                                     Total Cost of Building Materials                             2,070.00




1.5.0    Other Costs
1.5.1    Skilled labor cost (20%)                                                                          414.00
1.5.2    Transportation (10%)                                                                              207.00
                                                                                     Sub-total             625.80




                Total Building Construction Cost                                                       2,691.00



 2.0    Furniture
 2.1    Chairs                               Pc            5.00                           8                  40.00
 2.2    Table                                Pc           30.00                           1                  30.00
 2.3    Desks                                Pc           40.00                           2                  80.00
 2.4    Benches                              Pc           15.00                           6                  90.00
 2.5    Chalk Board                          Pc           20.00                           1                  20.00
                                                                        Sub-total                           260.00



 3.0 Equipment
3.1.1 Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)                                         225.00                1         225.00
3.1.2 DVD Player                                                            100.00                1         100.00
3.1.3 27" Television set                                                    275.00                1         275.00
3.1.4 Radio Cassette Recorder                                               100.00                1         100.00
3.1.5 Audio Cassettes                                       Dozen             9.00                6          54.00
3.1.6 Shell SQ80 Solar Module (Panel)                       Pc              500.00                2        1,000.00
3.1.7 100AH VARTA Battery (Lead Acid)                       Pc              135.00                1          135.00
3.1.8 650 Watt Tiger Generator (gasoline)                   Pc              100.00                1         100.00
3.1.9 10A, 12V Charge Controller                            pc               75.00                1          75.00
3.2.0 400Watt, 12V Power Inverter                           Pc              150.00                1         150.00
                                                                                      Sub-total            2,214.00


 4.0 Publicity/Radio Program
4.1.0 Promotion/Advertisement                                                                                50.00
4.1.1 Airing of Program on local FM station                       Program        5.00                 16     96.00
                                                                                         Sub-total          146.00




                           Total Direct Project Cost                                  US$ 5,311.00




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                                                      Duration          # of
5.0   Remuneration                     Unit Cost    (in months)       persons         Total Cost
      Project Coordinator                     100                 4               1         400.00
      Administrative/Finance Officer          75                  4               1        300.00
      Lead Trainer                            75                  2               1        150.00
      Facilitators                            50              0.5                 6        150.00
                                                                      Sub-total           1,000.00




Grand Total of Project Cost                                       US$ 6,311.00




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3.5   DRAWING OF PROPOSED RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT CENTER
                  SACLEPEA, NIMBA COUNTY, LIBERIA




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